As UConn’s guard coach, assistant Shea Ralph worked hard on the recruitment of Ossining (N.Y.) High’s Saniya Chong. And Ralph’s very excited about her potential, now that Chong’s letter of intent is safely in possession.
“She’s like a wild horse, but in a good way,” Ralph said. “She plays with a lot of energy. She is going to be great in our system. She loves to play the full-court. She’s a great passer and can shoot from 30. You can’t really teach that, it’s all about her confidence.
“What we’ll do with her is show her how to play at a little different speed. She frequently plays 100 miles per hour, which I like. She works hard. But we’ll show her that you can’t do that all the time because it can be counterproductive. When you get here you need to learn that it is [playing all out] not necessarily the best way to do things. You need to slow down, make the right play. She will need to learn that facet of our system.”
“I would say Saniya is a one [point guard], but she is a scoring one. She’s a little bigger than most people think, but she is very comfortable with the ball in her hands.
“She’s more athletic than I was. She’s a better shooter than I was in high school. I was just mean [in high school]. She can get into little spaces and find people. I shot the ball more. I wasn’t really that much of a passer.
“And she can shoot the ball so well. I remember one night when she made like eight three-pointers in a row right in front of Coach Auriemma.”